Quote from Hert79 »Quote from Grim_Flayer »Quote from Wraithpk »So, does this GP result solidify for anyone else that GB Rock is the best build of the GBx Midrange decks? I know people have been trying to force Jund for the past year, but the consistency and power you get from the two color manabase seems to be where it's at.
In my opinion, Golgari has been better positioned than Jund overall since the printing of Trophy, and this GP result sure doesn’t hurt the case!
Conversations along these lines happens with great frequency:
- What are the advantages to playing straight BG over Jund (or Abzan/Sultai)?
- A relatively painless, more consistent, and utility-rich mana base, mostly.
- Well yeah, but is a better mana base really worth giving up Bolt/BBE/K-Command/Ravine/Path/Souls/Stony Silence?
- Yep, it sure is!
The beneficial ripple effects of such a mana base are legion, especially in the context of a midrange deck. Being just two colors saves a significant number of life points against aggro decks. 3-4 Fields of Ruin grants all kinds of edges against big mana decks, manlands, 3c goodstuff decks, and decks which play few basics (and the printing of Trophy has made Field even better). You’re very unlikely to lose to your own mana base via color screw. You get to play Treetop Village, which is a game-winning card. You’ve got a higher density of G sources for Scavenging Ooze relative to other BGx decks. You’re quite resilient to Blood Moon relative to other BGx decks.
I could go on, but woe to those who underestimate the importance of a clean and powerful mana base in a midrange deck.
BG was already better then the other gbx decks way before trophy was printed. Field of Ruin was the turning point imo,2 color decks can play it and dont suffer from it.
I personally agree with you—Field was a massive, massive boost, and enough to put Golgari over the top, following the spate of great prints in 2016–but I think Trophy is what firmly cemented Golgari at the peak of the BGx hierarchy. Or, at least, it’s the printing that gave Rock the public perception of being there or thereabouts relative to Jund’s power level.